As you may or may not have noticed, lately, I have been posting quite a few stories about the whole #Kishek #كشك making process. Kishek is a mixture of dried fermented #yoghurt and cracked wheat grains which are used to make soup during the cold winter months. This year I decided to take on this laborious task of the long process in loving memory of my mother and all the mothers who used to dedicate a whole week just for making Kishek, with love. I needed to feel what they felt when they were sitting on their flat roofs with their friends and neighbours on hot summer’s days rubbing the Kishek between their hands to help it dry, whilst catching up on the village gossip.
I was lucky enough to have had the opportunity to experience the Kishek making process first hand and on the flat roof in the village. The above photos are very precious to me. The year was 1987 when my family and I went back to lebanon for a summer vacation. My mother-in-law, may she Rest In Peace, was preserving what food she can for winter. This yogurt and wheat mix was one of them. I was allocated the job of making coffee for the ladies but my love for cooking got the best of me and after a large pot of that strong Lebanese brew I found myself sitting on the floor beside my mother-in-law, my sister-in-law and a neighbour and began rubbing the mixture between my hands just as they were doing. I felt a sense of belonging take hold of me and I will forever be grateful for that wonderful experience and the knowledge I gained from those wise old ladies all those years ago about the process of making Kishek.
I feel that it is my duty to try and keep our traditions alive and that is why I love sharing my memories with you all my dear loyal friends. ❤️🌹🙏
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